We love a good story, and we hope you enjoy this one, the story of Books That Matter… told by founder, Molly.
Starting from the first chapters, Books That Matter was born when I was in my second year of university when, after years of obligatory study of curriculums full of male authors, I was delighted to be introduced to a myriad of female authors and their diverse stories. I felt excited, seen, enlightened, and yet it did not sit right with me that these books were ones I did not know as ‘classics’ or household names before I came to higher education.
I defiantly decided to start Books That Matter, and create a platform and a product that made these books accessible and enjoyable for all, and made a tangible difference to the publishing industry and the demand for women’s writing.
A veritable bookworm, I have dedicated every chapter of my life to books, reading, and now, diversifying the bookshelves of hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide.
Coming from a working class background, I knew all too well the barriers to entry that had made getting to higher education difficult, but I also knew the power these books by women held, and how their stories changed people’s lives and outlooks on the world. So I took my idea for Books That Matter to a local entrepreneurship competition with a cash prize and became the first female winner of the grant, which led to me being able to start up this business. I dreamed up the concept of a reading experience, a book club in a box if you will, and Books That Matter was born.
Fast forward four years, and we’re now a hearty team of book lovers from many different walks of life. Our core team consists of Issie, Eva, Afsana and I, with Meghna and Rachel as our dedicated content writers. We have won Female Start Up of the Year, Great British Entrepreneur of the Year, and collaborated with the likes of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Choose Love, Penguin Random House, and many more. Coming leaps and bounds from our first boxes, packed in a miniature storage unit, we now have a warehouse full of subscription boxes, gift boxes, merchandise and much more!
So join us, create your cosy reading corner, we’ll provide the stories. Let us introduce you to your new favourite book…
Meet the team…
Founder and Director
Molly is the founder and CEO at Books That Matter, and Forbes 30 Under 30 Listee 2022. She started Books That Matter in 2017, whilst still in her second year of university. Molly’s passion for women’s writing led to the creation of Books That Matter, and she has been featured on Dragons’ Den, won Female Start Up of the Year, and Great British Entrepreneur of the Year. Outside of work, you can find Molly endlessly photographing her four cats, writing, and of course, reading!
Issie is at the heart of our Creative Team! From curating our boxes to managing our social campaigns and marketing efforts, she loves it all! A lively and loving figure in the team, known for her ‘unmanageable’ tendancies, she is also a keen bookworm, and runs her own bookstagram @whatissiereads in her spare time!
Chief of Operations
Eva is Chief of Operations at Books That Matter. She manages our lovely bookish community and the customer success staff. She also streamlines our operations and co-ordinates B2B projects. Outside of work, Eva enjoys reading with a nice glass of wine (or two), attempting every recipe ever written by Nigella Lawson and travelling the globe!
Afsana has been a big supporter of Books That Matter from the very beginning, and she has recently joined the team as our community assistant. She will be on hand to answer your emails, queries, social media messages and comments alongside Eva! Outside of work, Afsana enjoys botanicals, pastels and classic 90’s romcoms!
Emma is the Creative Assistant at Books That Matter, who came to us through the Kickstarter scheme. She answers all your questions and queries, and manages the community alongside Eva. She is passionate about historical fiction, getting stuck into social media trends, and binge watching reality TV.